Friday, August 14, 2009

RTM Reporter Assume 'We' Can Means 'I'

After Utusan Malaysia reporter misinterpret ultra vires as to insult, now we have another reporter from RTM, Eliana Mazlan that said 'We' can mean 'I'. Besides that, she don't even know which party is Karpal Singh belongs to and she could not identify the component parties of Pakatan Rakyat.

Below are some of the the news I extrarcted from Malaysian Insider*.

During cross-examination, Jagdeep decided to use the video after Eliana failed to answer several questions based on the transcript.

Jagdeep: Do you understand the meaning of ultra vires?

Eliana: I am not sure.

Jagdeep: So you don’t understand or not sure?

Eliana replied that she understood and the defence counsel asked the reporter to define the term.

Eliana: Actions that are above the law.

The defence counsel then asked her if she believes that definition provided by her colleague was correct.

Eliana: I am not sure.

Jagdeep: So it might be right?

Eliana: It might be right, it might be wrong.

On Wednesday, Utusan Malaysia reporter Mohd Nizam Mohd Yatim told the High Court that he thought the phrase “ultra vires” contained in a press release issued by Karpal meant the DAP man was insulting the Perak Sultan.

The defence counsel then referred to the video and asked the reporter if she understood what was shown on the clip.

Eliana: Karpal said that he will sue the Sultan of Perak because the Sultan is not qualified to interfere.

Jagdeep then asked her if she really believed what she said until the reporter finally admitted that she was not sure and asked for the clip to be replayed.

“So you are not sure. This is serious, you cannot just give answers like that,” Jagdeep scolded.

Judicial Commissioner Azman Abdullah then accepted the reporter’s request for the clip to be replayed.

: So do you agree that in the clip Karpal Singh said that we will sue the Sultan together with the new state government as defendants if they persist.

Eliana: We could mean I.

Jagdeep: So what is we? Do you understand English? What is we? So do you agree that we is not I?

The reporter kept quiet.

Jagdeep: So do you agree that your understanding (of the word we) was a complete misunderstanding?

Eliana: I don’t know.

Needless to say, another 'knowledgeable' reporter. Kudos to RTM & Utusan.

*For full report, please click at the Malaysian Insider above.

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